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MNSc 113: Contemporary Issues in Science

Susan Croll

(Submission #158)

Course Description

MNSc 113 can be taught by any science faculty member(s), with the goal of introducing students to scientific concepts with a special emphasis on how science impacts society and vice versa. Topics covered can vary, but are always current and highly relevant - probing ethical, philosophical, political, and/or societal impacts of these topics. The most recent iteration of the course covered the topics of Genetics and Neuroscience, introducing controversial topics including genetic engineering/genetic testing, cloning, evolution, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and memory manipulation. Other potential relevant topics are diverse, but could include, for example, Global Warming/Climate Change or Cosmology/Space (black holes, asteroid impacts, extraterrestrial life or colonization, space exploration, etc.). In all cases, the topics taught will be covered on more than the superficial levels presented in the popular media, and will include detailed coverage of the scientific principles underlying these impactful topics. The primary goal of the course is to instill scientific literacy, and to generate an understanding of the ways in which science impacts both other areas of knowledge and society as a whole.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Natural Science Lab (NS-L)
Context of Experience: Not Applicable
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: none
Existing Course: Existing
Existing Course Number: MNSc 113
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Fall
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 1
Number of Seats: 40


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